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A surfing contest where everyone doggie paddles

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, four-legged waveriders take part in a unique surf competition. Special correspondent Laura Klivans of KQED reports, with video by Serginho Roosblad.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Now to our NewsHour shares, something that caught our eye that may be of interest to you as well.

    A unique surf competition was held near San Francisco earlier this month. The participants weren't your normal wave riders, but their four-legged friends.

    Laura Klivans of PBS station KQED was there and sent along these sights and sounds. The video made by Serginho Roosblad.

  • KENTUCKY GALLAHUE, Dog Owner:

    We're at World Dog Surfing Championship here in San Francisco at Linda Mar Beach. We're going to surf today in the large dog competition. Hopefully put a lot of smiles on people's faces.

  • ALECIA NELSON, Dog Owner:

    Gidget has been surfing three years. This is her third season. I took her on paddle boarding and then threw her on a surfboard, and, lo and behold, there she was. She balanced and took off.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • MICHAEL UY, Dog Owner:

    She's been doing this for 10 years. She's the longest competing surf dog.

    She has two records for the longest wave ridden by a dog in open water by herself.

    I think it's four or five years ago, and been unbeaten since. Well, today, hopefully, we can place in her weight division. She always surfs the medium dogs.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • MICHAEL UY:

    It's a really cool sport. It's about the best thing you can do with your dog. It beats going to the dog park.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    That's about as cute as we expected that story to be.

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